The GlenDronach is hailed by many is one of the best malts this Speyside distillery has brought to the market. The fact that some releases contain much older whisky – because of depleted stocks of 15 year old malt, imagine that! – it is also very coveted. I tried it before, but gladly try it again, this time a Revival from 2015.
Yes, the nose is sherried wonderfully on balsamico, raisins, walnuts, but also sports some sulphur. I am reminded of new sneakers and even some washing powder. And while this could have easily gone towards an off-note, it does not. It works hand-in-glove with the sweetness that appears immediately after: dades, maple syrup and caramel. After breathing for a while, some chocolate with praline filling arrives, as does some Arabica coffee and mokantine. I’m sold.
It is quite oily and fills the mouth with loads of sherry notes: raisins, figs, dades, but also nutmeg and cloves. Lots of cloves! The sweetness from the nose returns in full force on the palate, upholstered with a touch of rubber that luckily does not go over the top. It flirts with that border though, which makes it intriguing.
The finish is medium long and shows some green herbs at the death.
The Revival – launched way back when Billy Walker gave the distillery a second lease on life – is a top notch whisky. Thanks for the sample, Jeroen!
Interesting review, and especially noting how you have given it a 'rather good' mark, but one that stands in contrast with the 'hysteria' that seems to have taken over once this one was discontinued and seem to have climbed to semi-astronomical second market prices.
This graph shows a rather interesting development on price (blue = price / green = sales rating)
I find it interesting that you refer to it as a Speyside distillery. The Whisky Exchange, Master Of Malt, Wikipedia, and ScotchWhisky.com all list Glendronach as a Highland, but I know there’s been talk of redefining boundaries. Ultimately, regional designations aren’t that important, but what’s the point of this hobby if not to argue over minutiae?